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John Reardon: A Legend in the Watch World Joins Betteridge

by on April 1st, 2010

John Reardon, Director of Vintage & Estate Watches

I am delighted to welcome a great friend and longstanding business colleague, John Reardon, to Betteridge. John joins us in a newly created capacity as Director of Vintage & Estate Watches – a role dedicated to assisting customers as their ‘personal curator’ in the assessment and creation of outstanding watch collections.

John’s early passion for all things horological brought him to Sotheby’s New York where he became a noted expert in watches and clocks. After five years in the auction world, he joined Patek Philippe and represented the brand for almost a decade. During this time, he completed writing the first book wholly dedicated to the venerated watchmaker: Patek Philippe in America, published by Cefari Publishing in 2008. It has become an international bestseller in the watch community.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5040: The End of an Era

by on December 1st, 2009

Patek Philippe Ref. 5040P, Retail $91,100

Patek Philippe recently announced that, after an over twenty year production run, it is retiring the Caliber 240 Q perpetual calendar movement, which powers the ref. 3940, as well as this much rarer ref. 5040.

In addition to now being an extremely limited, collector’s piece, the 5040 has one of the most elegant designs of any Patek Philippe model; the tonneau-shaped case is elegantly proportioned so that it always looks great and does not catch under shirt cuffs.

The New Patek Philippe Nautilus: A Brilliant Reinterpretation of the Finest Sports Watch

by on November 1st, 2009

Nautilus, Ref. 5712G, $38,300 retail and Ladies' Nautilus, Ref. 7010/1G, $33,700 retail.

To celebrate thirty years of this iconic design, Patek unveiled its new Nautilus lineup, which showcases a very modern interpretation of this timeless classic.

These are two of the most sought after new models and would be the perfect gift for any serious Patek collector.

The Patek Philippe Ref. 5059: The Finest Perpetual Calendar Retrograde

by on October 1st, 2009

Vintage Patek Philippe 5059G, $55,000

One of the best parts of my job is being able to see some of the finest watches in the world- often taken in on trade from customers. For instance, last week, we purchased a vintage Patek Philippe ref. 5059.

The 5059 features a perpetual calendar that incorporates a rare and intriguing complication: a retrograde date display. In short, the date is indicated by a hand that progresses along a 240 degree arc between 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock. At midnight on the last day of each month (whether it is the 28th, 30th or 31st!), the hand automatically jumps back to the 1st. Moreover, the watch displays moon phases; the date and month; as well as a leap year indication.

The watch’s elegant 18kt white gold case incorporates an officer’s-style, hinged case back that enables the wearer to see this impressive movement.

My takeaway: at $55,000, this is a great investment for an extremely cool perpetual retrograde.

Patek’s Iconic 5960 is Now in Rose Gold

by on July 1st, 2009

Patek Philippe 5960R, retail $59,500

In 2006, Patek Philippe launched its first automatic chronograph that included an annual calendar in platinum, the 5960P, and a star was born.

This year at the Basel Fair in Switzerland, Patek introduced a new version of this hugely popular watch in rose gold, the 5960R, and it promises to be just as much of a fan favorite.

The 18kt rose gold of the case, coupled with the lighter grey of the dial, gives the watch a softer, more retro feeling than the platinum version, while the matte brown alligator strap and adjustable deployant buckle add an elegant finishing touch to this horological masterpiece.

With a 40.5mm case, the watch has the easily readable day, date and month apertures; power reserve indicator; day/night display; plus the signature 60-minute and 12-hour monocounter at 6pm. The 5960R has a sapphire crystal back to showcase this complicated watch movement.

The New Patek Philippe Ladies’ Calatrava Ref. 7119

by on May 1st, 2009

Patek Philippe 7119/1G, Retail $29,700

The 7119 is the first Patek of the Basel 2009 collection to hit the stores. It is positively gorgeous.

At 31mm, it is a wonderful women’s size, and it is exciting to see the traditional hobnail, Calatrava bezel revamped for this contemporary beauty.

Whether you are wearing a little black dress or a white t-shirt, the white lacquer dial with its delicate roman numerals and elegant seconds subdial looks stunning. In addition, the matte champagne alligator strap that comes on the yellow gold version is particularly chic.

Adding a subtle magnificence, the 7119 features an exhibition case back showcasing the watch’s spectacular hand-wound, mechanical movement in action.